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The Chromium Fence

by The Astroboy

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  • The Chromium Fence (cassette)
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    Limited edition cassette. Original artwork by André Covas.

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Coordination Sphere (free) 03:12
Glow 04:12
Cliffs 04:51


Within a musical framework echoing the long road between 2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, passing through the light, density and abstraction of Tarkowsk’s Stalker or Solaris, The Astroboy (Luís Fernandes moniker) takes us on a sci-fi voyage through memories of an uncertain future, arid and tense, wandering through digital pulsars and synthesized depictions of interior landscapes.
Back with a new release (this time on cassette, allied to the digital download format) after A Derrota da Engrenagem (2007) and 090309 (2009), The Chromium Fence inaugurates the recently-created artist collective PAD and gives body to a retro-futurist drift for the project, keeping its exploratory nature and synthesizer-based instrumentation, with guitars and digital-manipulation calling to mind the adventures of Klaus Schulze, Harmonia or Cluster.
With the direct invocation of the Phillip K. Dick universe – in the album title as well as in the name of some of the tracks – we find ourselves dragged onto an intergalactic dance floor on Coordination Sphere, to the alluring mechanical movement of neon-lit metropolises in The Voight Score (a track that appears twice, in the original version as well as a version by :papercutz), or onto the contemplation of the void from the cockpit of any orbital space station in Glow before exploring the alien topography of an unknown planet to the sound of Cliffs.

André Simão


released March 21, 2011

music by Luís Fernandes
mastered by José Arantes
artwork by André Covas


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